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The first thread disappeared in the move to the new platform :-(

Every car is the embodiment of many trade-offs in price, styling, and performance. Undoubtedly, this can affect seating.There has been much discussion on the fit of the Bolt's front seats. Some like the fit, other's don't. I suspect seats are like shoes in this regard.

I need NONE of the mods below. My Bolt seats are perfectly fine as-is. Frankly, I don't know what all the fuss is about. I only offer the mods below for those who feel they want more padding.

This thread is for that purpose. If you want to complain use one of the "suggestions for GM" threads, rather than this thread.

How many people get after market speakers? Wheels? Tires? Maybe window tinting? Why should a little padding in the seat be viewed as a deal breaker?

Most of the complaints seem to be based on the topography of the seat bottom. "It needs more padding" is a typical refrain from those in this camp. A simple and inexpensive aftermarket pad on the seat bottom may make all the difference. If so, adding foam under the existing seat for a more seamless mod might be the next step.

There is a reason so many car seat pads are sold year after year for decades before the Bolt came along.

If the Bolt is a good candidate except for the seat, a relatively inexpensive padding upgrade may be all that is need to put your butt in heaven. :) Again, I'm fine with the seats as they are, no aches, no pain, no discomfort. But if a pad was all it took, I'd do it.

BACKGROUND
The Bolt EV seats were designed by GM's South Korean design studio (its third largest) because of its expertise in bundling big content into small packages. For some context, GM Korea led the design of the Cruze as well. The GM team designed both the Bolt exterior and interior to better integrate all aspects of styling.

The aim as many know was for a big spacious "C-segment" interior volume with lots of trunk space, inside a "B-segment" compact CUV-type exterior.

GM designed the seat back to deliver 1 inch (25 millimeters) of extra legroom.

To achieve its objectives of having the widest seat possible while accommodating an airbag and a wider armrest within the interior space limits, it designed the front seat bottoms to be asymmetrical. This means the distance from the center line of the seat to the armrest is shorter than the distance from the center to the door.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160807/OEM03/160809904/gms-korea-studio-broke-the-mold-with-bolt

1/2 Inch
As a result, the seat has 1/2" less width per butt cheek (about two #2 pencils side by side) than the Volt seat. Some feel this is a major issue, some think a little more padding is all that is needed, while other (like my wife and I) find no issue with the seats even on long, multi-hour drives.

Although both my wife and I and so far all our passengers have no issue with my Bolt's seats, for those who might be inclined, here are two videos on modifying the seat with extra padding.

Adding Slip-On Seat Cover
These add some extra padding and have a pump-up lumbar option.
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https://www.wetokole.com/mm5/mercha...duct_Code=chevysuv_boltev_seat_covers&yr=2017

https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?313954-Wet-Okole-Seat-Covers
Adding Padding to Seat Bottom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=190&v=2dgxWTOnVn8


Adding Padding to Seat Back:
https://www.facebook.com/gary.aulfi...025045075/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab


Add a Cushion:
Some have simply added a foam cushion to the seat:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018QG6A12/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://gm-volt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-276281.html

Or the Purple Seat Cushion
https://onpurple.com/seatcushions
 

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I find the Volt seats to be hard, harder than the Integra, harder even than the Tercel, and way harder than the TR7 which are down right plush. This isn't a bad thing as I don't get lower back pain as with the other cars. When I get in the Volt, I feel I'm almost like sitting on a bench seat as compared to these other cars. I feel that the car is designed for people twice as wide as me. Definitely not a race car seat but not unpleasant, just different. The only lumbar support is low down compared to the other cars. This might be a good thing (for me). I wonder what an ELR would feel like. None around here but if I ever get a chance to sit in one......
 
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